Dear Gentle Reader,
Last night I lucubrated.
That's right. I spend my nights, when your Heroine is away, lucubrating for pleasure.
What a lubricious word, lucubrate.
I quite like it; the word and the action.
I will leave it to you to find out what lucubrate means. (OK, I might relent in the comments section if people really cannot find it.)
Anyway, while lucubrating I was thinking of the Mongols. I imagined hordes of them heaving across Crimea to surround the unfortunates of Kaffa that were about to get the frights of their lives.
And, because I love words, I thought of those hordes...
Horde is actually one of the few Mongolian words to enter the English language.
Horde is derived from Ordos. Ordos is the Mongolian word for a tent-palace used by ruling chieftains of the nomadic Mongolians.
The Ordos desert, for example, is named for the sea of Mongolian tents that would be set up by it and on it--as with any cluster of Mongolian tents, there would be at least one Ordos.
Further, for a couple of centuries, the Golden Ordos, a group of Mongols, ruled large sections of what is now Russia.
It is from the Golden Ordos that the word horde is derived.
I will tell you the other Mongolian word to gain common international currency tomorrow, on Wednesday.
Until then, lucubrate with a smile on your face. Maybe you ought to whistle too.
Chris, Regina, and Pommes